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1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Project


We would all love to own a Mercedes 190SL, but we aren’t sure this would be the best route to ownership. That is, unless you think you could restore what is left here for under fifty grand. We still hope someone saves it though as these had a lot in common with their faster big brother, the mighty 300SL. If you like expensive and very challenging projects, then take a look at the eBay auction where bidding is at $200 with no reserve. The car is located in Van Nuys, California.

1959 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class


  1. Horse Radish

    I am sorry to say, but THIS seller does not inspire confidence.
    I am heavily involved with older Mercedes’ and this E-bay user keeps popping up with these beat down relics and asking crack-pipe prices.
    This particular car has already been parted out and cut up, and LEFT FOR DEAD.
    Mark my words, he does NOT do no reserve auctions.
    He will shill bid this thing or pull the auction.
    My impression is, that he has/had a repair shop of some sort and has to pay a high overhead of some sort, or figured it’s easier to flip these old cars than get his hands dirty.
    At this point he is fishing for that one fool who thinks that restoring THIS would be a worthwhile and profitable proposition.
    I would say: Think again !

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    • Horse Radish

      I guess there is one exception: when silly money is bid….(I still think his buddies are bidding this thing up…..)

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  2. Dolphin Member

    It’s reassuring to know that what’s there is “in very good condition”.

    Problem is, there isn’t much there.
    The other problem is, what’s there isn’t in very good condition.

    Other than that, this deal looks terrific.

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  5. Slim Chance

    Thanks for the St. Patty’s Day laugh.

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  6. braktrcr

    Nice “Yard Art” though

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  7. Doug M. Member

    Have you ever started to think: “If I just found a halfway decent parts car, then I could put this together?!” Then, you realize that ANY reasonable parts car is way more fixable than the car in question! Sad to say, but I can’t see anything happening here. And Horse Radish’s insights are very helpful, too. Don’t even want to do business with people like that.

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  8. geomechs geomechs Member

    You know I’ve seen people latch onto cars this far gone and turn them into a show winner. But those are cars out of the Brass Era where making many of the parts they need are commonplace. I have to side with Horse Radish and Doug M. where this car is concerned. Some parts are useable but to even call this a parts car is pushing it.

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  9. Stephen

    Well, it does have a steering wheel and dashboard… but very little else. I think calling it a “project” is a bit on the optimistic side.

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  10. Biff

    That’ll buff out.

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